The lodging at Sacha was carefully designed to offer comfort for our guests yet preserve the environment and rainforest ambience. Each of our 26 cabins comes fully equipped with modern amenities such as ceiling fans and electrical outlets. The cabins were constructed with traditional rainforest materials.
In our rooms, guests may overlook the jungle from hammocks and often report seeing wild fauna such as blackmantle Tamarin´s , beautifully colored birds, and many other amazing creatures all while resting between activities!
Sacha´s guests will be divided into groups no larger than six people. Each group will be led by a bilingual naturalist guide, and a native Quichua guide with ancestral knowledge of the rainforest. A typical day at Sacha begins at sunrise, in order to take advantage of the cool morning hours when animals are most active. In the afternoon excursions begin between 3:00 and 4:00 and often continue into the early evening, A night activity is offered every evening.
Sacha´s Special Attractions: The Observation Tower
Constructed around an ancient Kapok Tree, our 135- foot (43 meter) observation tower, with an amazing 360∞ view, is definitely one of Sacha´s highlights. However getting to the tower is half the fun! Take an exhilarating 30-minute dug-out canoe ride through an eerie flooded forest. Watch in amazement as Capuchin and Squirrel monkeys jump from branch to branch right over your head!
The tower allows guests to get up close with the rainforest canopy. Be it shortly after sunrise or just before sunset, a trip to the tower to observe Toucans, Parrots, and dozens of other colorful birds, is an experience not to be missed.
Sacha´s Canopy Bird Walk
One of only a few rigid, self-standing suspension canopy walkways in the world, Sacha's new addition is also one of the largest such walkways on the planet!
Located within Sacha´s private reserve, 2miles from the shores of the Rio Napo and 1 mile from the lodge, the bird walk gives guests the opportunity to get an up close and personal view of the rainforest canopy. Two of the three towers have observation decks every 12 meters (40 feet), making the towers accessible for everyone. The 275 meters (900 feet) long canopy walkway suspended 36 meters (120 feet) above the forest floor, gives guest a “bird's eye view” of all the wonders and beauty the tropical rainforest has to offer. The canopy walk is designed as a sturdy walkway enabling guests to casually move along at their own pace while enjoying the spectacular views.
The Butterfly House
Sacha is home to one of Ecuador's largest butterfly farms. Designed as a live exhibition conservatory, the Butterfly House is now successfully breeding nearly 40 species of local butterflies! Guests will be given explanations as to how these beautiful and unique insects are bred and raised, and later be free to wander through “the flying room”, where hundreds of these colourful butterflies can be seen fluttering from flower to flower
Imagine yourself drifting down a narrow, winding creek surrounded on all sides by a lush, endless sea of tropical greenery, and all that separates you from the deep black Amazon waters is a canoe hand-carved out of a single tree trunk. As you maneuver around a bend something unidentified crashes off into the underbrush, and you catch a glimpse of two magnificent Blue and Yellow Macaws startled into flight.
Getting to Sacha Lodge
Your journey to Sacha begins in Quito, Ecuador's capital city. From here, embark on a 35-minute fight over the majestic snowcapped peaks of the Andes Mountains and then down 8,500 ft (2,600 meters) into the Amazon Basin. Arrive at Puerto Francisco de Orellana, locally know as Coca, you will be met by a naturalist guide and taken to Sacha´s private house, with modern facilities, where you will be served lunch before being taken to the town docks. Here Sacha´s own covered, motorized canoe will be waiting to take you on a 2 hour, 50-mile (80 kilometre) journey down the Rio Napo, one of the Amazon Rivers tributaries.
Upon arrival to Sacha´s 5000 acre (2,500 hectares) private reserve, a 30-minute walk on a raised boardwalk will lead you to Lake Pilchicocha. Here, native paddlers will be waiting with dugout canoes to carry you across the lake to your final destination. Welcome to Sacha Lodge!